Speed Watch

Is your village interested in taking part in Community Speedwatch?

If so, please contact Sgt Jon Hodgson on jon.hodgson@northants.pnn.police.uk or email elaine.oleary@northantsacre.org.uk, tel. 01604 825881

Community Speedwatch is an operation that targets motorists committing the four most common offences:

  • Speeding
  • mobile phone usage
  • not wearing a seatbelt
  • drink driving

Each of these contributes dramatically to serious injury and death on our roads. Taking part in Speed Watch is completely FREE.


Education & Encouragement

Speed Watch isn’t only about catching speeding motorists. It’s more about educating and encouraging drivers to drive sensibly.

Warning letters are sent out to drivers caught speeding by the volunteers. For many, that’s all that is needed to make them modify their speed through the villages. Unfortunately, some drivers need more than one warning to change their behaviour and may have to receive a second, more strongly worded letter. This is where your village can work with your Safer Community team to alert them to any repeat offender. Then the next time they are caught speeding through your village, it won’t necessarily be a warning letter they get!

Here are some of the services available through Speed Watch -

  1. Full training on how to use the device and recording the required information for the data sheets.
  2. S.I.D (Speed Indication Device) – operated by the County Council. This is an interactive radar device placed at the roadside, highlighting speeding/mobile phone use/seat belt offences. It can indicate current speed only, can show a smiley face for motorists travelling under the speed limit, or a sad face if they are over the speed limit. It is an effective means of reminding people to slow down. It is not a camera and doesn’t collect registration numbers. 
  3. V.A.S. (Vehicle Activated Sign) – an interactive device placed out by the Police (owned by the County Council) to identify excess speed offences. This is used for warning purposes only.
  4. Parish Speed Boards x 10 – these are issued to each village co-ordinator, who is given suggested dates to place on display at the roadside by the Police. To purchase a Speed Board costs approximately £25.
  5. Data Site monitoring – this device is placed out for a week before and a week after each village has used the speed measuring device. It gives extremely accurate figures on volume of traffic/speeds/direction of travel/types of vehicle/etc and provides valuable evidence for a community regarding traffic and speeding in their area. It is not a camera and does not collect registration numbers. To hire one privately would cost between £300 – £400.
  6. Use of Precision equipment (speed gun) – this is the same equipment as used by the Police and is calibrated to the highest level. This calibration device is used to identify vehicles exceeding the speed limit as part of a programmed 3-week period over the year. Those drivers identified as speeding have a Police warning letter(s) generated. 
  7. Processing of data sheets from the communities and the issuing of warning letters to any driver identified as speeding as part of the Speedwatch programme, administration of all letters and follow up where necessary and regular updates to communities on the number of warning letters issued.
  8. Ongoing support from local Safer Community Teams.
  9. Additional support from ‘Safer Roads Team’ Speed Camera Vans, particularly working with information collated from the calibration device.

Is your village interested in being part of Speed Watch?

Your village can join Speed Watch if you have signatures from either 20% of your electoral roll or 500 people (whichever is the fewer) or you have the backing of the Parish Council. You will also need a minimum of 10 volunteers willing to be trained to use the speed device.

To find out more or to join the programme, contact Sgt Jon Hodgson, Safer Roads Team Sergeant on jon.hodgson@northants.pnn.police.uk or contact Elaine O’Leary on 01604 825881, email Elaine.oleary@northantsacre.org.uk.